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8 Reasons Orcas Don't Belong at SeaWorld

8 Reasons Orcas Don't Belong at SeaWorld
1. Premature Deaths Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9, and orcas at SeaWorld rarely make it even to the average life expectancy of their wild cousins. 2. In the wild, despite centuries of sharing the ocean, there has been only a single reliable report of an orca harming a human being. 3. All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they haveno space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. 4. SeaWorld confines whales who often swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. 5. Orcas who are not compatible are forced to live in tight quarters together. Nakai was injured on a sharp metal edge in his tank while reportedly fleeing from an aggressive altercation with two other orcas. 6. 7. 8. Related:  evethebigbaddragon

Student petitions school about SeaWorld A Westview High junior in Rancho Penasquitos has collected more than 1,000 signatures on a petition that demands the Poway Unified School District cut all ties with SeaWorld, and his effort has gained the backing of a national animal rights organization. Zach Affolter, 17, launched the petition May 4 on As of Friday, more than 1,200 people had signed it; his goal is 5,000. “It’s been incredible,” Affolter said about the attention he has received. SeaWorld has been the focus of criticism in recent months, largely sparked from the documentary “Blackfish,” which painted a harsh pitch of how orcas, or killer whales, are treated at the parks. Affolter said he participated in protests outside of SeaWorld for two years before the documentary was released. Westview High School junior Zach Affolter, shown at a recent protest outside SeaWorld, is asking the Poway Unified School District to stop holding proms, field trips and other activities at the park. “I respect the (Mt.

Whales and dolphins in captivity - Facts and information We understand why people love dolphins and why many want to see them close up, but putting whales and dolphins in tanks for our ‘entertainment’ is wrong. Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent animals who want and need to live in complex social groups. In captivity they will usually have been separated from their families, often in cruel hunts and some when they are very young. Wild whales and dolphins can swim up to 100 miles a day, hunting and playing. In captivity they have very little space and cannot behave naturally. A concrete tank can never replace their ocean home. The mental, emotional and physical stress that a captive whale or dolphin suffers can weaken their immune system and make them prone to disease. Captive whales and dolphins have been trained to perform tricks, day after day, for food as a reward instead of behaving naturally. Wild capture of whales and dolphins is brutal. We have no right to put these amazing creatures in captivity.

SeaWorld, activists make questionable claims on killer whale life spans ORLANDO, Fla. — In the middle of “Blackfish,” the scathing documentary about SeaWorld’s killer whale program, an activist says the whales in SeaWorld parks die early while their counterparts in the wild live as long as humans. The claim, which goes unchallenged in the film, is a powerful contrast, meant to suggest that the giant marine mammals suffer when forced to live in man-made pools. Yet SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says its killer whales have life spans equivalent to those of wild orcas, an assertion the company makes to show that it provides a healthful, stimulating environment for the 29 orcas it owns at four marine parks — the largest captive collection on the planet. The truth is not nearly as simple as either side claims. The fact is that scientists don’t know for sure how long killer whales live. “This is a debate, but you have to debate with facts,” added Hargrove, who appears on screen in “Blackfish.” Individual whales can live much longer. That’s a substantial difference.

Adelie Penguin Facts For Kids | Amazing Facts About Adelie Penguins Penguins are the only avian order species that are not only flightless but are perfectly adapted for oceanic life. Unsurprisingly, their unusual adaptations and diving techniques have involved the attention of many physiologists for examining the diving behavior and the associated physiological processes. One of the subspecies of penguin is adelie penguin. I’ve described some of most useful adelie penguin facts for kids that includes adelie penguins habitat, diet, reproduction, and foraging behavior. The adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is a penguin that inhabits all along the Antarctic coast. What Do Adelei Penguins Eat | Adelie Penguin Diet Facts For Kids Adelie penguins primarily feed on ice krill, Antarctic silverfish, Glacial Squid, and Antarctic krill. Breeding | Adelei Penguin Reproduction Facts For Kids Adelie penguin begins to breed in the months of October and November which goes to the end of winter. Adelie Penguins Jumping into icy-cold water Where Do Adelie Penguins Live?

Voting to give bears a fair chance NEW YORK — It's been a big news year for bears, especially in Maine. Voters there face a question on Nov. 4 that has troubled other states with large numbers of bears. Maine wants to keep its bear population low. Yet at the same time animal rights groups are trying to outlaw certain hunting methods that would help it do just that. Maine voters will decide on a hunting ban, which will appear on the November voting ballot. Voters are being asked whether these methods should be banned. Bear Claws Come Out “The fact is, you don’t need to use these methods to hunt the animals," said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society, an animal rights group. The Humane Society supports Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting. On the other side of the battle is a group called Save Maine’s Bear Hunt. “We have one of the largest bear populations in the country, certainly on the East Coast,” said James Cody of Save Maine’s Bear Hunt. State wildlife officials said bait was used in 72 percent of kills.

How One Student Got Her School District to Ban Glue Traps Thanks to Abby Reiman, a passionate young animal advocate and 11th-grade student, the public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, will no longer have glue traps on their campuses! In case you weren’t already aware, glue traps are inhumane “pest control” devices that consist of a board coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare any small animal who wanders onto its surface. The victims of these devices aren’t limited to mice and rats—birds, frogs, insects, and even kittens are easily caught in these torture traps. Animals stuck on the surface experience slow and agonizing deaths. Many traps are thrown into the trash while still bearing a live and suffering animal. After Abby learned the truth about glue traps, she immediately investigated to find out if these devices were being used at her school—and confirmed that they indeed were. Teachers: Your voice can make a difference, too! It can be that easy to make a difference in the lives of these little animals!

Abby Reiman Just Made Virginia Safer for Animals | Heroes Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools will no longer have “torture trays” hidden in the dark shadows of classrooms, thanks to rockin’ animal activist and high school junior Abby Reiman! Abby on left. :P After Abby learned the truth about glue traps—that they ensnare small animals, who experience slow agonizing deaths and are thrown away with the trash—she immediately investigated to find out if there were any traps lurking around her school. She politely asked a custodian and her school’s animal rights club and discovered that glue traps had, in fact, been spotted on the premises. Horrified, she worked with PETA to write a letter to the superintendent of her school district, citing unacceptable cruelty to animals and the health risks associated with glue traps. This hero for mice isn’t stopping at Fairfax County schools, either—she’s reaching out to all public school districts in Virginia! Join the movement to save lives!